Mets takeaways from Sunday's 7-6 win over Pirates, including Michael Conforto's clutch home run

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Michael Conforto runs bases in blue jersey
Michael Conforto runs bases in blue jersey

Michael Conforto's go-ahead home run in the ninth inning helped the Mets avoid a sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates, completing a 7-6 comeback win at PNC Park.

Six things to know from Sunday's game

1. Dom Smith got on base to start the top of the ninth inning, putting the tying run on base. But Conforto had other ideas when he caught a fastball in the heart of the plate and launched it to deep center field for a two-run homer that gave the Mets a 7-6 lead. Conforto has been struggling at the dish, with his average at .202 heading into that at-bat.

2. Earlier in the game, we saw the most animated version of Luis Rojas we’ve seen in his two years as Mets manager, as he was ejected for arguing a call made by home plate umpire Jeremy Riggs in the bottom of the first. After Taijuan Walker tried hitting a ball foul, it was instead called fair. And with bases loaded and no one going after the ball, every Pirate scored to make it 6-0.

3. Speaking of Walker, the All-Star couldn’t find the zone with his fastball and his slider was just a spinner in his very short outing. He wouldn’t make it out of the first following that wacky play. His final line read six runs, five earned on four hits and four walks over one-third inning pitched.

4. The Mets would get back into the game thanks to Travis Blankenhorn hitting his first career homer as a pinch hitter. It was a three-run bomb to right center field to bring New York within two. He turned quickly on a high fastball from JT Brubaker and knew it was going out -- a 425-foot missile.

5. Smith tacked on another to make it a one-run ballgame in the top of the sixth with a double to right field that scored Jeff McNeil, thanks to a throwing error by Gregory Polanco. Smith had a solid day at the dish going 3-for-5 with that RBI.

6. After Walker came out, the Mets’ bullpen really held things down to allow New York back into the game. Drew Smith got the first call and gave the Mets 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Aaron Loup also went two innings and got himself out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam with three straight strikeouts. Miguel Castro and Jeurys Familia were also perfect, not allowing any runs.

Trevor May would close it out in the ninth.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets begin a new series against the Cincinnati Reds on the road on Monday at 7:10 p.m. No pitcher has been named for them against Cincy's Victor Gutierrez.